December 2018

 

Day By Day

Life’s Key Lesson

We have committed the golden rule to memory: let us now commit it to life.
~Edwin Markham~

REMEMBER RULE NO. 1
IT’S GOLDEN
A Story by Mac Anderson

I grew up in Trenton, a west Tennessee town of five thousand people. I have wonderful memories of those first eighteen years, and many people in Trenton influenced my life in very positive ways. My football coach, Walter Kilzer, taught me the importance of hard work, discipline, and believing in myself. My history teacher, Fred Culp, is still the funniest person I’ve ever met. He taught me that a sense of humor, and especially laughing at yourself, can be one of life’s greatest blessings.

But my father was my hero. He taught me many things, but at the top of the list, he taught me to treat people with respect…to live the Golden Rule. I remember one particular instance of him teaching this “life lesson” as if it were yesterday. Dad owned a furniture store, and I used to dust the furniture every Wednesday after school to earn my allowance. One afternoon I observed my Dad talking to all the customers as they came in…a hardware store owner, a banker, a farmer, a doctor. At the end of the day, just as Dad was closing, the garbage collector came in.

I was ready to go home, and I thought that surely Dad wouldn’t spend too much time with him. But I was wrong. Dad greeted him at the door with a big hug and talked with him about his wife and son who had been in a car accident the month before. He empathized, he asked questions, he listened, and he listened some more. I kept looking at the clock, and when the man finally left, I asked, “Dad, why did you spend so much time with him? He’s just the garbage collector.” Dad then looked at me, locked the front door to the store, and said, “Son, let’s talk.”

He said, “I’m your father and I tell you lots of stuff as all fathers should, but if you remember nothing else I ever tell you, remember this…treat every human being just the way that you would want to be treated.” He said, “I know this is not the first time you’ve heard it, but I want to make sure it’s the first time you truly understand it, because if you had understood, you would never have said what you said.”

We sat there and talked for another hour about the meaning and the power of the Golden Rule. Dad said, “If you live the Golden Rule everything else in life will usually work itself out, but if you don’t, your life probably will be very unhappy and without meaning.”

I recently heard someone say, “If you teach your child the Golden Rule, you will have left them an estate of incalculable value.” Truer words were never spoken.

Excerpted from the Simple Truths book
The Power of Attitude by Mac Anderson

Treat them as if they were one of your own people. Love them as you love yourself.
…… I am the LORD your God. ~ Leviticus 19:34 (NIRV)
37 Jesus replied, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and most important commandment. 39 And the second is like it. ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’ 40 Everything that is written in the Law and the Prophets is based on these two commandments.”
~ Matthew 22:37-40

Take care and God bless.

Fr. Benjamin A. Jance III
School Chaplain

 

Life Lesson

 

Prayers, Poems and Artworks

 

Saint of the Month

Eglantyne Jebb – (August 25, 1876 – December 17, 1928)

Founder of the Save the Children, her vision was to achieve and protect the rights of children worldwide. She was driven by the belief that all children – whoever they are – have the right to a healthy, happy, fulfilling life. She was one of the world’s most charismatic, fiercely intelligent and influential champions of human rights. A British social reformer and former teacher,

“The child must be the first to receive relief in times of distress.”

Her passion caused her being arrested, and she was found guilty and fined for her protest. But the judge was so impressed with Eglantyne’s commitment to children, that he paid her fine. His money became the first donation to Save the Children.

https://www.savethechildren.org/us/about-us/why-save-the-children/eglantyne-jebb

 

Monthly Calendar

 

Brent Cares / Service Learning

Brent School has, over the years kept a strong Service Learning arm as an important part of its holistic approach to the Brent Educational System. Students, teachers, staff and administrators participate actively in the after school activity by giving of their time and resources in reaching out to those in need. The whole school goes into full support mode when the need arises, especially during the typhoon season. The generous time and preparations that everyone gives to those in need are concrete expressions of the values that Brent stands for.

Brent’s Expected School-wide Learning Results touch on the need for self-development, sincerely reaching out to our community certainly develops the minds and hearts of those in our school. Being responsible in all that we do at school and at work reinforces the service-learning element.

Helping another might be viewed as giving of your time and/or of sharing your talents and resources. It is, and more. It is in fact, a two-way street. The child and person who goes out of his/her way in return gets something that contributes to her/his own wellbeing. “You never know when one act, or one word of encouragement, can change a life forever.” ~( Zig Ziglar)

There is an inherent and spontaneous reward that comes from helping one another. Jesus speaks of such reality when He said: “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me…. Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of theses who are members of my family, you did it to me.” ~ (Matthew 25:35-36, 40)

Indeed, the joy that one receives in giving far surpasses anything that anyone can ever wish for.

  1. Clubs
Name of ClubStudents AdvisorsBrief Description
Best BuddiesGr. 6 -12P. Leighton /
P. Valley
Aims to create one-to-one friendships between students and develop student leaders.
Blood Typing CommitteeGr. 9 -12R. BrittonBrent students will develop and then maintain a resource data bank for the Brent community’s use as needed. This resource will comprise of contact information, blood types and donation plans of Brent families, faculty and staff. Once composed, the resources can then be used by our committee to locate blood donors for anyone in the Brent community that encounters a medical need.
Building Bridges with Biñan
• Mamplasan Elementary School
• Pagkakaisa Elementary School
Gr. 3 -12


L. Baldwin /
Fr. Jance


Z. Belaguas /
Fr. Jance
Brent students to reach out to children in our local community. We will be assisting elementary students from two local elementary schools with their English skills, forming friendships and support our neighbors.
Gawad Kalinga
• Philip’s GK Village, Laguna
Gr. 9 -12G. DubroofA tutoring program for children in a local community on Saturdays.
Geek SquadGr. 9 -12R. CastañedaSolve computer problems * Refurbish computers and donate to a local classroom * Help organize Tech Week *Produce videos * Develop computer programs * Play computer games * Share your knowledge and skills in I .T. and learn from others as well.
Global Issues Network (GIN)Gr. 9 -12R. Britton /
K. Regan
GIN approaches the 20 largest problems in the world and tries to address them at a local level. Global Issues Network (GIN) is a group focused on solving Earth’s most pressing economical issues. We aim to encourage young people to take initiative to spread awareness for modern global problems such as poverty or improving education in developing countries. Working within a network of “global citizens” creates a platform to develop, share and implement sustainable methods for solving these global issues. Anyone willing to contribute brilliant ideas are welcome.
Junior Global Issues Network (GIN)Gr. 3T. NaudeStudents will explore the global issues that we face such as shortage of water, climate change, pollution, extinction, disease and much more. Students will learn ways in which they can help the environment, create awareness and to decrease the carbon footprints implanted on earth as time goes by.
Good SamaritanGr. 9 - 12K. Pozon /
D. Mapua
Aims to provide meaningful concern of and realistic commitment with the less privileged and inculcate deeper understanding and appreciation of ones many talents.
Green Earth AmbassadorGr. 9 - 12M. Baldwin /
D. Michaelsen
An environmental advocacy club focused on bringing sustainable solutions to environmental problems in the Philippines. Our projects have focused on recycling, food waste, refilling markers, and environmental field trips. We are looking for students who are dedicated to making the world a better place and are interested in learning about working with local stakeholders to solve local environmental problems.
Model United NationsGr. 6 -12B. Jewell /
T. Selga
A student-driven educational simulation in which students learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations based on current and relevant international issues. MUN involves and teaches research, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, in addition to critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership. Brent MUN hosts an annual conference to teach these skills to local schools as a training exercise and then attends a larger MUN conference with these schools in Manila in the fall at the World Health Organization
Project CompassionGr. 6 - 8R. Richards /
G. Tang /
S. Roxas
Designed to bring up culture awareness, to create solidarity and compassion for the people in needs. This club helps our students to engage in meaningful service -learning activity with the Holy Family Mission Children with kindness, empathy, and generosity.
Project CompassionGr. 9 -12R. RafiñanA service-oriented club that develops a sense of camaraderie, leadership, and character in its members. It aims to help everyone create a better world by spreading awareness and increasing engagement in kind actions. We organize a variety of activities and projects to benefit our school and community.

 

Parish Organizations

Youth Ministry (Samahan ng mga Kabataang Episcopal)

Our Youth Group is one of the most vibrant elements in our parish life.  They form a local chapter of of the National SKEP of the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, and are represented at the National and Diocesan meetings of that Organization.  Members of our youth group also participate in the life of our parish as

  • Sunday School Teachers (see below for Sunday School)  –  Our Sunday School and our VCS (Vacation Church School), under the supervision of Deacon Mary Balitog  is run and taught exclusively by the older youth.
  • Acolytes  –  Composed of young people, boys and girls,  between the ages of 8 and 19, the Holy Family acolytes assist at all parish Eucharists and are otherwise active in the life of the Church.  They are trained and supervised by Deacon Jonathan Britt  

ECW (Episcopal Church Women)  –  Early on, the women, the pillars of our church community,  organized themselves to form a chapter of the ECW and have since then been the heart of the community  . Beyond the traditional ‘women’s’ tasks, which they perform with gusto,  ( washing  and ironing  church linens and vestments, polishing utensils etc)) they are instrumental in organizing most parish social events and  run highly successful  fund raising activities. They meet every first Sunday of the month under the leadership of their elected officers.  

 

Parish Programs

Sunday School

This program aims to provide spiritual nourishment to our youngest members  through  singing,  interactive reading and watching appropriate videos..  Average attendance is between 20 and 30 youngsters every Sunday.   Some Sunday School ‘alumni’  are now  trained Sunday School teacher themselves, while others serve as acolytes and readers.Sunday School

Scholarship Program (for University Students)

This program, initiated by Brent School’s Project Compassion Club, supported a full time college student who graduated in April, 2017, passed the Licensure examination for teachers and has taught at a Pre- School in Biñan.  She plans to get into the Saint Andrew’s Seminary as a Masters in Theology (MTh) student for the school year 2018-2019. Another recipient, graduated last April, 2018. She will be preparing to take the Licensure Examination for teachers.  The program funds come from various Brent School clubs and private sources.

Education Assistance Loan Program (for University Students)

This program aims to support any student from a low-income family who is an active member of the parish and desires to pursue a College Degree.  Support is given in the form of interest free loans to be repaid once the student has graduated and gainfully employed.  The first student on this program will begin third-year studies this year.

Medical Emergency Fund

This program also aims to be able to provide cash for emergency purposes without any obligation from the recipient. This fund is taken from the fourth Sunday offering as well as private sources. Requests for help are evaluated by the vestry.

 

Parish Preaching Stations

Sunday School

Langkiwa

In 2015, the Pitong Gatang settlement from which most of our original members came was relocated in Langkiwa, a good 30 minute walk from Brent Chapel.  Some children still show up for Sunday School on Sunday mornings along with some adults. For those who can’t find the time,   Deacon Mary Balitog visits regularly with the Celebration of Word and Communion one Sunday a month.   

Timbao

Timbao, where some of our members reside, is  located at some distance from Brent School. For those who find it hard to get to us on Sundays,   Deacon Mary Balitog visits once a month to conduct a  Celebration of Word and Communion.

Cavinti (Our Lady of Walsingham Preaching Station)

In 2012 Deacon Jonathan Britt and his wife Grace opened a preaching station on their property in Cavinti, Laguna.  Before long a small but regular congregation was formed which meets twice a month.  Deacon Jonathan conducts a Celebration of Word and Communion first Sundays, and Fr. Joe Mock celebrates the Eucharist on the third.

Mindoro (Tubili)

 A contingent of Holy Family members lead by Deacon Mary and Mrs. Grace Britt had been going to Tubili in Mindoro with the permission of the Dean of the Southern Tagalog Deanery and the Priest-In-Charge of an existing church in the area to start a mission with the Mangyan Tribe of Mindoro. This mission was initiated in 2016.

WITNESSING: PARISH AT WORK IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

The Holy Spirit is using the Holy Family Episcopal Church through Deacon Mary by sending children in need of help her way.  Out of the blue, somebody calls Dcn. Mary about a kid in need, and there she is to help. Isn’t that amazing work of the Holy Spirit?

Name of ChildAgeCondition
Gabriel de la Cruz7Cerebral Palsy with Epilepsy
Cassie Naval7Congenital heart disease due for surgery
Bobby Babon 2Down Syndrome
Tricia Gagarin4healthy (sponsored)
Andrea Tabilog5healthy (sponsored)
Mark Sigue2healthy (sponsored)

Interns:

Recently we had an intern from the US who stayed with the Parish for a month and assisted the Deacon with the programs of the Parish.  She experienced the day to day living in a less privileged area in the Philippines that is different from where she grew up.  She helped in the Sunday school and some youth activities. With her is another intern from our local school who also helped in the parish works while they are here with the supervision of Deacon Mary.